LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh led to the go-ahead run boosting the New Mexico State baseball team to a 5-3 win over Seattle U, Saturday, April 19 at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies are now 16-20 on the season while Seattle falls to 17-18.
The game was tied 3-3 after the seventh inning stretch and junior outfielder Kyle Young led the bottom half of the inning off with a walk before he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The ninth batter in the Aggie lineup flied-out in foul territory. Junior outfielder Michael Medina was intentionally to put runners on first and second before freshman Chad Ramsey hit an RBI single to centerfield bringing in Young to give NM State a 4-3 lead. The Aggies scored again when junior outfielder Michael Paulson singled to center for an RBI to bring score Medina while giving his team a 5-3 advantage.
Left-hand pitcher Robert Kraft got the start against the Redhawks working 6.0 innings while allowing two earned runs but had a no-decision. Freshman righty Matt Moriarty worked a third of an inning and allowed one run make it a tie ball game before sophomore right-hand hurler Zach Freeman came in to throw 2.2 innings while not allowing a single run to cross the plate. He also struck out two batters while picking up the win and moving to 3-2 on the year.
Medina had the best offensive day for NM State going 2-of-3 at the dish with one run scored and one RBI. Young scored twice for the Aggies reaching base three times going 1-of-2 with two walks.
With one out in the top of the first, a Seattle U hitter was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a groundout and came around to score on a single to center field. NM State answered in the bottom of the second, as Jory Goldstrom drew a one-out walk, and Kyle Young followed with a single to right field. Aggie catcher Lucas Martinez laced a single to right field that drove in Goldstrom, and the throw home bounced over the catcher’s head, allowing both Young and Martinez to move into scoring position. Young came home on a passed ball, and Martinez would score on a single by Michael Medina to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
With two outs in the third inning, Redhawk Griffin Andreychuk was hit by a pitch for the second time in as many at bats, and a Seattle U hitter followed with a single to left field. With two men on base the Seattle designated hitter laced a hit just inside the right field foul line for a single, scoring Andreychuk making it a 3-2 ballgame. The game was tied in the top of the seventh when the bases were loaded and the Aggie pitcher allowed a run on a wild pitch.
The Aggies (16-20, 7-5 WAC) get back into league play with a three-game series at Grand Canyon University starting Friday, April 25 in Phoenix, Ariz. All three games are scheduled to air KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces.